Fragile Table

Fragile Table by Hidemi Nishida: Strangely huge and tall table with also strange tall chairs are stood on the top of the beautiful hill observing the Oslo Fjord. This place is a family place for local people to walk around and have a relaxed time.

This table has just appeared in the middle of the open garden and quickly started to lead people to seat on the chairs. You can climb up the ladders, sit down, and watch the surrounding landscape — a time for a deep communication with the landscape, the environment, and the world. It elevates your gaze a little higher than normal, and this small difference gives you a fresh perspective. This is a new experience of the world — small changes in the point of view that also produce small changes in your world.

Thus, having a rich variety of perceptions makes your world richer and beautiful.

All images by Hidemi Nishida


Hidemi Nishida was born in Otaru city in Hokkaido in 1986. He studied Design in Sapporo and obtained a Masters of Fine Art at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design in Norway. His architectural background brings together functional making with an interest in intimate transformations of our environment. Nishida questions our milieu, deconstructing and adapting existing structures or materials or even whole landscapes in order to refresh our view of the world. His structures create a presence but are also ephemeral, often using reclaimed or found materials to create a bricolage of references to place, time and memory.

His interests also include the archive of the memory of specific places, its past significance and the accumulation of personal memories of people. He has recently archived 50sqm of ground on the site of a decommissioned railway, which was used to transport coal, scanning the whole area with a simple A4 scanner. This creates archival material depending on each situation, with the use of different methods such as photography, video and sound. Nishida also engaged in the social activity for cultivating individual’s perception to be aware of the beautiful detail of the world. He often makes a gathering, talk session, lecture to share and exchange various ideas to experience the world with others.